Few items of clothing are more classic, pared back and elegant than the Breton-stripe top. From Coco Chanel to the Duchess of Cambridge (via Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot), some of the most revered fashion icons of the last 100 years have championed this French-inspired number in their personal style.
This piece has become one of The White Company’s wardrobe staples. In our Spring collection, we have even more new styles to love, and there are also plenty of options for little ones, too. Copycats can dress just like mum in adorable mini-me outfits, showing once and for all how ageless this coveted look can be.
Here are the pieces to complete your mother-daughter look, whether you’re heading out on a cinema trip or for a walk in the countryside.
1. While the weather’s cool
For Spring days that still have a nip in the air, style our Essential Breton Striped T-Shirt or Cotton Slub Striped Long Sleeve T-Shirt with Symons Skinny Jeans in indigo or mid wash. Warm weather is almost here – but longer sleeves and jeans are still preferable for now.
Meanwhile, your mini-me will love our children’s Classic Breton 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt version of this top – longer sleeves, cotton-rich and with a round neck, just like Mum’s. Partner with our Chambray Dungarees or Denim Wash Jeggings for a cute, practical outfit.
2. When it gets warmer
As the weather heats up, pair our cotton-rich Stripe V Neck T-Shirt with Ultimate Leggings or Four Way Stretch Leggings in black for a relaxed, dressed-down look – as perfect for chasing after the kids as it is for enjoying a long lunch.
For our girls’ version, dress her in our Breton Stripe Dress & Leggings Set. Soft, sporty and great for running around in, she will love the flexibility the stretchy leggings and swing-style top offer her.
3. At the beach
When it comes to planning for your Easter break and beyond, you can now even match your little girl’s swimwear to yours. Our Stripe Ruffle Swimsuit will tick all of her boxes. With secure, elasticated straps and pretty ruffle detail along the neckline, she will love splashing about in this adorable striped piece – as well as co-ordinating with your beach look.
For you, our updated Pom-Pom Trim Swimsuit now has an improved fit, lightly padded cups and a self-tie neck band so you can customise the fit to your shape.